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Clinton Missed Chance at Greatness?
EIB ^ | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 09/17/2001 3:49:19 PM PDT by VinnyTex

When the first sentence of a column begins, "Lucky though he was, Bill Clinton never had his shot at greatness," what exactly do you interpret that to mean? Chris Matthews wrote it, and proceeded with the following two sentences. "He could lower the jobless rate, balance the budget, console us after the Oklahoma City bombing. But he never got the opportunity George W. Bush was given this Tuesday: the historic chance to lead."
Are you interpreting this the way I am? He seems to be lamenting the fact that Bill Clinton never had a national tragedy in which to display his magnificent leadership characteristics. As though George W. Bush is thanking God and his lucky stars that thousands of Americans are dead so that he can get a couple of favorable columns from Johnny Apple of the New York Times and Howard Fineman of Newsweek?

This is just so typical of how some in the media look at news and what they think the purpose of a news event is. It's all about them! It's all about an opportunity for them to shine and look good. I guess I shouldn't even be surprised by this, but I am nevertheless disappointed. The fact that presidential greatness is measured by a president's handling of great challenges is true. But that's not the same as saying in the context of recent events that Bill Clinton was unlucky because, in essence, this carnage didn't happen on his watch and thereby give him his chance at greatness.


I mean, what are we supposed to do here, be sorry that the terrorists didn't hit when Clinton was president so he'd have his chance at greatness? This is just Bush's dumb luck? Why, Clinton might finally have had a chance to win the Nobel Peace Prize had the terrorists done this nine months ago?


The simple fact of the matter, Chris, is that they did do this before. They hit us in Africa. They hit us in Saudi Arabia. They hit the USS Cole. And Bill Clinton didn't do anything about it. Bill Clinton, in fact, bombed innocent people on the day that Monica Lewinsky was testifying before her grand jury. This is outrageous. This is simply unbelievable.

Sunday night, on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl reported that in 1998 Bill Clinton issued a directive allowing the use of force to apprehend Osama bin Laden, and that one such effort had been tried but failed. She said that Clinton decided that there was a self-defense exception to the legal prohibition against assassination.

Dan Rather, to his credit, asked Stahl why this is coming out now. She said she didn't know why, but assumed that her sources didn't want the public to think that Clinton was asleep at the wheel back then while bin Laden was going bonkers. So you've got damage control going on by Bill Clinton right now. Very interesting.

The Associated Press reported last week that Clinton passed up an opportunity at the end of his administration to take another military whack at bin Laden. The Washington Timesand others have reported that in 1995 Clinton restricted the CIA's human intelligence capabilities by prohibiting the CIA's use of any spies who had dirty hands. We're not going to do business with former terrorists, in essence, is what Clinton said, which would make it impossible to infiltrate these groups. And there's more, which I point out in the audio link below.

It's unfortunate that national security was never a priority in the Clinton administration. They cut the defense budget below acceptable levels, and as recently as two weeks ago, the Senate was preparing to hold back the defense appropriations bill for partisan political purposes. Think about that.


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1 posted on 09/17/2001 3:49:19 PM PDT by VinnyTex
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To: VinnyTex
This needs to be circulated.

BUMP

2 posted on 09/17/2001 3:56:56 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: VinnyTex
Saved that picture right away...It says it all,,,heheh
3 posted on 09/17/2001 3:57:22 PM PDT by Mr.E
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To: VinnyTex
Look at the way Bill Clinton is eyeing Barbara.

He's checking her out.

4 posted on 09/17/2001 3:58:05 PM PDT by billorites
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To: VinnyTex
Bill Clinton is (or at least, should be) a bad memory.

He will have a chance to be great after the intifada.

And, so I guess, will be the case for all the calorically-challenged, brain-damaged cadre of what used to be called fellow-travelers.

5 posted on 09/17/2001 3:59:34 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: Mr.E
Clinton Missed Chance at Greatness?

More like, Missed Chance at Grandma.

6 posted on 09/17/2001 3:59:41 PM PDT by billorites
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To: VinnyTex
I think that as this thing develops, and as the realization of what has happened sinks into the hearts and minds of the people of this nation, they will more and more comprehend the immense damage Clinton has done to our country.

Yes, the economy was good during the past 8 years, but Clinton wrote checks on this country that the economy can't cash.

7 posted on 09/17/2001 4:02:01 PM PDT by good1
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton had a eight years full of chances for greatness. He pissed them all away. Let him wallow in his own filth.
8 posted on 09/17/2001 4:03:31 PM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton was always looking for the "defining moment" of his administration. Church Burnings, Race Relations, Welform Reform, Oklahoma City and along with Al Gore, the Internet. He tried them all.

Chris Matthews is right about one thing. Clinton wants this bad. Here is the chance, he created it. Now his wife is sucking into his glory. That has to hurt.

9 posted on 09/17/2001 4:03:58 PM PDT by toupsie
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To: VinnyTex
It is well said that "circumstance does not make the man - it reveals him". Enough has been revealed about Clinton to make me sick fior decades.
10 posted on 09/17/2001 4:04:49 PM PDT by Barry Goldwater
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To: billorites
Look at the way Bill Clinton is eyeing Barbara.

I think the inference is that Clinton is eyeing President Bush, almost as if to say "Dammit! That George W. Bush is getting more spotlight than I did!"

11 posted on 09/17/2001 4:05:37 PM PDT by SunStar
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To: billorites
No, he's saying to himself, "So THAT is what a normal family looks like!"
12 posted on 09/17/2001 4:06:06 PM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: VinnyTex
Are you interpreting this the way I am? He seems to be lamenting the fact that Bill Clinton never had a national tragedy in which to display his magnificent leadership characteristics. As though George W. Bush is thanking God...

Right on, Rush!

Matthews should be thanking his lucky stars that Bill Clinton never did get that chance. Clinton would have been getting BJ's from interns while he was talking on the phone about what the polling data showed.

13 posted on 09/17/2001 4:06:53 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: VinnyTex
Bill sure is checking out Barbara. Eyes forward, Bubba! He needs to neutered. He's worse than any problem dog.
14 posted on 09/17/2001 4:07:26 PM PDT by Hillary 666
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To: VinnyTex
This is one of the best commentaries from Rush that I have ever read. Outstanding post - BUMP!
15 posted on 09/17/2001 4:08:54 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: The Other Harry
Bill Clinton did his very best though. If he only could have defeated Saddam Hussein in the 3 days before Ramadan in 1999!
16 posted on 09/17/2001 4:12:09 PM PDT by parsifal
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton has always needed and will always need damage control
17 posted on 09/17/2001 4:12:15 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Hillary 666
I think he's lookin at Laura....
18 posted on 09/17/2001 4:12:40 PM PDT by VinnyTex
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To: SunStar
'I think the inference is that Clinton is eyeing President Bush, almost as if to say "Dammit! That George W. Bush is getting more spotlight than I did!"'

The thing that stood out to me was W with his head bowed prayerfully, not knowing or caring where the cameras were, contrasted to Clinton craning to face the cameras.

Also, I doubt of W is checking the polls as to what he should do. He's just going to do what he knows is right.

19 posted on 09/17/2001 4:13:51 PM PDT by germanshepherd
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To: VinnyTex
But he never got the opportunity George W. Bush was given this Tuesday: the historic chance to lead.

Thank God.

Matthews is a sick buffoon. In times of crisis, like this, the wheat is separated from the chaff. It is no different in "Journalism." Some idiots really step in it when given the opportunity. What is really a shame is that these Journalists WERE given a chance to lead, but instead they all, like stupid sheep, were led astray by X42. Let's see if there is any Journalistic wheat out there. So far it has been pretty embarrassing.

20 posted on 09/17/2001 4:14:45 PM PDT by P-Marlowe
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To: VinnyTex
I think he's lookin at Laura....

I think he's worried about Barbara taking off one of her pumps and repeatedly beating him over the head with it...

21 posted on 09/17/2001 4:15:31 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: VinnyTex
the historic chance to lead

So, Matthews here is implying that BillyBob was NEVER a leader...something we knew all along.

22 posted on 09/17/2001 4:18:07 PM PDT by Mrs.Liberty
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To: VinnyTex
... assumed that her sources didn't want the public to think that Clinton was asleep at the wheel back then while bin Laden was going bonkers.

Clinton's still putting ice on his legacy. Give it up, Bill. It's not working.

23 posted on 09/17/2001 4:18:53 PM PDT by Strider
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To: VinnyTex
He seems to be lamenting the fact that Bill Clinton never had a national tragedy in which to display his magnificent leadership characteristics.

Clinton was a national tragedy.

24 posted on 09/17/2001 4:20:01 PM PDT by Marine Inspector
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To: VinnyTex
Sandwiched between two wars, Clinton will become a footnote in history. In a hundred years only a few presidential scholars will know anything about him.
25 posted on 09/17/2001 4:20:25 PM PDT by opinionator
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To: VinnyTex
X42 did NOT miss a chance at greatness. To have a chance for that, one must be a great person.

He never was, is not, and never will be.

26 posted on 09/17/2001 4:23:53 PM PDT by kayak
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To: Mrs.Liberty
Bill had a chance to be great!
He "blew" it, or rather Monica did it for him.

Because of his lack of character, he ended up spending the majority of his time in office soliciting illegal campaign contributions and doing damage control.

Now, as former head of the Democratic pary, he is the fitting symbol of greatness.... A great big A$$.

27 posted on 09/17/2001 4:24:00 PM PDT by Hal.009
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton was a true dot-com era president - asleep at the wheel in drug-induced euphoria.

Chris Matthews is just another libomoron with too much of testosterone in his blood.

28 posted on 09/17/2001 4:24:07 PM PDT by alex
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton - nothing but a male slut.

I will never understand how he charmed the 18% of the country that elected him.

And I believe it is Providence that GW Bush is President now, with his team, instead of what Gore would have had on staff.

29 posted on 09/17/2001 4:25:30 PM PDT by muffaletaman
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To: VinnyTex
Please!! Clinton, when he joing that very exclusive fraternity of United States Presidents, had every single opportunity to end his term(s) as a GREAT President. The problem is he was far too self absorbed to realize the potentials that were in front of him. He lacked the integrity, honor, maturity and guts to be considered great. As we learned through his terms, if it did not provide instant gratification, it wasn't worth bothering with. Clinton will forever be the epitome of just what we do NOT need in a President. I hope that he figures it out before he passes, although I doubt that he has the snap to get it.
30 posted on 09/17/2001 4:25:31 PM PDT by Howie66 (Pkrbkr66@hotmail.com)
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To: kayak
You're absolutely right. How great was that letter he wrote when he was supposed to be drafted? How great was the treatment the military received after he became President? He was - and is - a little man, in spite of his height and girth.
31 posted on 09/17/2001 4:28:10 PM PDT by pollyshy
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To: SunStar
He's got his eyes on Laura.
32 posted on 09/17/2001 4:28:18 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: VinnyTex
I hate Bill Clinton. For victory & freedom!!!
33 posted on 09/17/2001 4:28:27 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: billorites
It looks to me like he is looking at GWBush.
34 posted on 09/17/2001 4:29:01 PM PDT by ResistorSister
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To: good1
Yes, the economy was good during the past 8 years, but Clinton wrote checks on this country that the economy can't cash.


What a fine way of putting it! He kept talking about "The Children" throughout his eight years, and now it's clearer than ever that his policies have condemned "The Children" to a lifetime of fear, and possibly a death sentence.

35 posted on 09/17/2001 4:32:04 PM PDT by Captainpaintball
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To: VinnyTex
Hey Chris, you've got a spot on your dress.
36 posted on 09/17/2001 4:33:41 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton may have liked to think that greatness could have been seized by him, but the truth is,only those with the strength of character can see it for what is it, and act accordingly.Like Reagan.At no time has Clinton ever shown courage, bravery, wisdom and the ability to do anything beyond expediency.The great seize greatness, it isn't the events that mold the people, but the people themselves.Its only the event that enables that inner character to emerge.It has to be present all along.

And no honest person can say that Clinton has that.

37 posted on 09/17/2001 4:34:17 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: VinnyTex
POWERbump!
38 posted on 09/17/2001 4:35:10 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER
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To: VinnyTex
Rush and Falwell were definitely the Right's casualties this week. Falwell crossed a rhetorical line and Limbaugh invented a quote by Peter Jennings. Though he retracted it, there is lingering damage to his credibility. Falwell, on the other hand, is being unfairly criticized, in my opinion.
39 posted on 09/17/2001 4:36:01 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton would have been a disaster under the same circumstances. The first thing he would have done is go into complete damage control to try to pin the blame on some surrogate at the CIA/Pentagon, even though his Administration cut their funding to the bone. And I suspect the next thing he would have done is waste a lot of cruise missiles in order to pump up his poll numbers without doing any damage to Bin Laden or his forces. After the cameras came around, he would have bit his lip, faked tears, put his arms around some of the female mourners, slipped them a note telling them to meet him at his hotel, and gotten serviced while on the phone with Congress. Some leader. The guy was and remains a pathetic waste of skin.
40 posted on 09/17/2001 4:37:47 PM PDT by Bush2000
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton had his chance to lead.... he blew it! (No pun intended).
41 posted on 09/17/2001 4:38:22 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton Missed Chance at Greatness?

Like he ever had a chance. Nope, Monica is his legacy.

42 posted on 09/17/2001 4:39:20 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Havisham
Ladies and gentlemen, I need to correct something that appeared on our website last week involving Peter Jennings of ABC News. We paraphrased a comment made by Peter Jennings, and made the mistake of putting quotation marks around the paraphrase, and I want to officially retract what it was that we said. In this specific instance, Peter Jennings had criticized President Bush for not showing up in public and addressing the nation, particularly in Washington, D.C.
Jennings made a comment along the lines of Well, some presidents are just better at it than others, meaning addressing the people of the country as mourners-in-chief or comforters-in-chief or what have you. And then later on, practically immediately, we added on the website, in quotes, Maybe it's wise that certain presidents just not try to address the people of the country. This caused some angst at ABC News, amongst Peter Jennings and his staff, because they claim he never said it.

We went and dug deep, trying to find out where we got it and thought that he had said it, and it turns out that it was said to me in an e-mail from a friend of mine. I did not see Peter Jennings say it. I had not seen any ABC coverage. They admitted the first statement, but flatly denied the second statement. Again, that statement being Maybe it's wise that certain presidents just not try to address the people of the country. It turns out our mistake was putting that in quotes.
Those words shouldn't have been quoted. It was a paraphrase, but it was something contained in an e-mail from a friend. So we now officially retract those quotation marks. Apparently the people at ABC are telling us they got more than 12,000 e-mail hits as a result of this reference to Peter Jennings' comments on my website. So we will now officially retract that and let it be known once again that as far as we've been able to determine, we are unable to quote or unable to put in the quotes the fact that Peter Jennings ever said that second line about Bush last Tuesday.

Again, it is never our intention to be wrong about anything, and when we are wrong, we quickly correct ourselves. We have been trying to dig out our source, to find out where it originated, and finally found it in an e-mail of someone who generally gets these things pretty accurate to me. But I must admit on this one that I didn't see it, and let it be known that when we think we're wrong here, we're wrong. So we'll correct this and be up front about it as to avoid any uncertain angst and unnecessary angst on the part of our colleagues at ABC who likewise are only interested in getting it right.

43 posted on 09/17/2001 4:40:48 PM PDT by VinnyTex
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton Missed Chance at Greatness?

Yep, the day he was born.

44 posted on 09/17/2001 4:41:28 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton Missed Chance at Greatness?

Yep, the day he was born.

45 posted on 09/17/2001 4:41:28 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: VinnyTex
Clinton was handed a plum. He ate the fruit of our labor and spit the pit back out at us. He never tended to the garden he was given, but rather scorched it with CS gas and then doused it with his own bodily fluid.
46 posted on 09/17/2001 4:41:53 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Hillary 666
My son used to have a sausage dog (pure bred of course) that used to hump anyone's leg who would enter our doors.

bill clinton reminds of that pesky dog. Needless to say we got rid of that dog asap. If only we (the country) could get rid of bill clinton that easily.

Lady in GA

47 posted on 09/17/2001 4:42:34 PM PDT by dwhite (lady in GA)
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To: VinnyTex
Don't let the libs get by with spinning this. I don't give a rap about the second part of the sentence. The FIRST part of the sentence is what really makes me mad - and I heard Jennings say that with my own two little ears!!!
48 posted on 09/17/2001 4:47:00 PM PDT by SmartBlonde
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To: VinnyTex
What has happened to Rush Limbaugh's voice? I am the biggest ditto-head, have taped thousands of his shows, but recently his voice is TOTALLY different. Even my teenager notices every time that I turn it on.

Frankly, I can't listen to him long any more because he sounds like an he's trying to be an OPERA voice. As if his chin is touching his chest.

Do you think it is because he is on the ditto-cam and he is trying to act cool?

49 posted on 09/17/2001 4:47:52 PM PDT by Kay
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To: VinnyTex
National Security was [Wilfully and systemically compromised by] Clinton's "administration."

It cut the defense budget below acceptable levels.

[Only] two weeks ago the ["Democratic" controlled] Senate was preparing to hold back the defense appropriations bill for partisan political purposes.

Think about that.

50 posted on 09/17/2001 4:47:58 PM PDT by Brian Allen
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